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Most of today’s Texas Longhorns are gentle and by far among the easiest of breeds to handle and control. They do have a gentle disposition and they are generally healthy and adaptable.
It has been suggested by Malcolm Goodman in the Texas Longhorn Journal in December 1999, that the bulls reach about 50% of their eventual tip-to-tip horn measurement at about one year of age. By the age of four, they have reached 95% of their maximum length.
The horns grow from the base, not the tips. Horns consist of a bony core, surrounded by flesh and blood, and then an outer layer of keratin. On many animals (especially light-colored animals) one can see the reddish color from the blood supply beneath the keratin layer; particularly near the growing base.
Typically, a bull’s horns are larger in circumference, than a cow or steer, but not always. It depends on the genetic makeup of the bull. It would definitely make sense, as the male species of any mammal is generally larger than his female counterpart, but not always